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Judith Black's best photograph: my family on Father's Day

‘I took group shots of my children whenever they were about to go away on holiday. I’d use them as bookmarks. It meant I still had them with me’

I took this portrait of my family on Father’s Day in 1983. At the back there’s Rob, my partner and the children’s stepfather; then my eldest, Laura, with the curly hair; and Dylan, my youngest, with the homemade bowl cut. And in front, there’s Erik and Johanna. The dog was not ours; we were looking after him. Right after the picture was taken, the children went on vacation with their father, and Rob and I went to see friends. When we came back, fleas were nipping at our ankles.

I started photographing my family in 1979, the year we moved into an apartment in this house on Pleasant Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our unit was on the first floor and there were two others above ours. It was the only place I could find. The house was quite dilapidated. We cleaned things up a bit.

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